From the outside, this place looks like an old diner but once inside it has an eclectic and swanky interior. The menu is mostly New American South dishes.
We started with Fried Brussel sprouts with BBQ sauce and blue cheese dressing and dry fried green beans with smoked pork shoulder. Now we aren’t known for our vegetarian choices often but these were both delish! We also had the duck and fig flatbread which was slightly sweet and rich, nice with the aforementioned veggie choices.
We got fried chicken thigh platter with black pepper gravy, Texas Rachel sandwich in a skirt (essentially a Reuben made with beef brisket) with extra cheese melted so you get a skirt of fried cheese around the sandwich. Hello! Finally, we got the Asian BBQ Hog’s Head with kimchi scallion relish and slider buns. Enough said.
They also have a large selection of whiskey, scotches and beers in addition to some very lovely craft cocktails. The Lunch Car #773, a breezy combo of gin, lemon and lavender, nods to the actual model number of the diner car which is the front of the restaurant. The car originally arrived in Davis Square in 1941, and the landmark location was actually added to the National Register of Historic Places back in 1999.
To finish up, Rosebud is known for their homemade pies. They offer at least 5 different kinds every day. We had lemon meringue that I swear was 6 inches high. You gotta save room!
Be prepared. This place gets busy and service can sometimes be a bit slow. Just be patient, enjoy your drink and it will all be worth it!
Rosebud is located at 381 Summer St in Davis Square Somerville. You can view the full menu with the hours of operation at